Physiotherapy & exercise

Climbing For Life 2013: The day I succeeded at climbing the Col du Galibier

The 31st of August 2013 will remain as an epic day for me: the day I succeeded at climbing the Col du Galibier. Not only that day itself, but also the months of preparation, this challenge required of me. This…

Climbing For Life 2013. WikiCF was there!

WikiCF Team had the pleasure of being part of "Climbing For Life 2013". From August 30 to September 1, at more than 2,000 meters high, thousands of participants were fighting together for good cause at “Col du Galibier”, one of…

Exercise improves lung function and habitual activity in children with cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease leads to progressive deterioration in lung function and exercise capacity.   Recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of exercise for CF patients and include: slowing lung function decline and enhancing airway clearance.   More importantly, higher exercise capacity has…

A story as beautiful as a rose

The story of Catherine Kitz may not be a miracle, but it's close. The Montini senior distance runner was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 4 months old. She runs a fine line between appreciating her physical ability and resenting the confinements…

Cystic fibrosis can't defeat St. Charles marathon runner

Mike Burke, 43, has cystic fibrosis and has lived as if he didn’t have long to live. The disease cripples the lungs and digestive system. The body uses salt and water poorly; thick mucus accumulates inside the lungs and digestive tract;…

Olympic medal for CF

During a press conference Zofia Klepacka, a Polish windsurfer, announced that the bronze medal she won during 2012 Summer Olympics (windsurfing, discipline RS:X) is now available for the highest bidder. Zofia promised five-year-old Zuzia, her neighbour with CF, that she would sell…

Climbing For Life 2012

Time is ticking away. A week from now I will climb the famous Col Du Galibier, known from the Tour The France. One of the most notorious climbs in the cycling history. Six months ago the Belgian Cystic Fibrosis Association was…

Physiotherapy in CF: what, why, who and when?

Physiotherapy in CF: what and why? Sticky mucus in the CF lungs causes airway plugging, recurrent infections and chronic inflammation. Progressive airway obstruction results in impaired ventilation distribution, gas exchange and breathing mechanics leading to musculoskeletal complications. Looking after the chest…

Regular Exercise and sports are beneficial for your health

Regular exercise is an important part of CF treatment, people with CF can and should exercise and play sports.  Both children and adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) can benefit from regular exercise several times per week. Exercise can help to…

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